Facebook today showed off its new OS overlay for Android phones, which it is calling Facebook Home.
Facebook Home – that company says is not an OS but is more than just a app – will replace conventional Facebook app on Android phones. With Facebook Home, users will be able to experience better Facebook with full-screen photos, status updates, and notifications.
Facebook Home, once loaded on phone, will replace home screen with Facebook’s own “Cover feed” that will contain updates from the users Facebook friends.
Yes, Facebook Home will come with ads – as Facebook said that they are in process of designing the ad slots for Facebook home.
Facebook said that new app will be available as a free download from the Google Play Store starting April 12 for Android phones running Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but not Gingerbread.
Facebook home is currently designed to work on the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
It will also work on the forthcoming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, and on more devices in the coming months.
There are now half a billion people actively using the social networking site Facebook.
With the world population currently more than 6.8 billion, 500 million people using Facebook is a significant achievement for a site that didn’t exist six years ago.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it “an important milestone” for the people who have helped spread Facebook around the world.
“Our mission at Facebook is to help make the world more open and connected. Stories like these are examples of that mission and are both humbling and inspiring. I could have never imagined all of the ways people would use Facebook when we were getting started 6 years ago,” stated Zuckerberg.
To celebrate the achievement, Facebook has launched a new application called Facebook Stories, where users can describe the impact the site has had on their lives.
Mathew Cooper in Dubai shared his story through the application about how Facebook helped him deal with the loss of a dear friend.
“When I heard my friend from elementary school had been killed in a car crash, I went to his Facebook page and was shocked to see posts to him from friends and family. People were speaking to him directly, telling stories and making jokes. You’ve allowed me to connect with friends despite the miles between us. And you’ve let me grieve through a loss that I would otherwise have been totally isolated from. Thank you,” Cooper wrote.
This app is completely free to download and is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices, and coming soon for the iPad. According to Vonage, it works over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks in most countries, and only requires logging into the service one time. After that, Facebook contacts are automatically loaded and grouped by friends who can be called for free and those who can only instant message.
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Before it office time waster king was the MSN, Yahoo Messengers but over the years web applications have been developed that diverted the Internet traffic from these messengers.
These days, Twitter, online video games and popular video search engine Youtube are among the top office time wasters, noted Daily Times.
But even the bosses know that blocking these web sites would create frustration among the employees as they get a chance to refresh themselves just by checking their account on Facebook for a few minutes.
You may consider blocking Facebook, if you are boss and if you feel like a lot of amusement going around with less work in your office.
Interestingly, the people contacted for comments, wished not to be named as it could affect the repute of their organizations and they would be termed as “less professional”.